LeBron has a player option in 2010/11, for around $17 million. Let's make sure we know this first.
With Kobe, Gasol, Vujacic, Walton and Farmar ONLY, our salary total will be around $60 million in 2010/11.
Re-signing Bynum will lift that higher.
Then, that's only six total players, making a combined $70+ million a year (assuming Bynum gets only $10 million that first season, by the way).
LeBron would have to take the MLE...and there's absolutely no chance he will do that, when he'll be due to make $20 million plus.
That means we have to trade for him, which means it's either Kobe, Gasol or Bynum...and I doubt Cleveland will want Gasol or Bynum, and Kobe won't be able to carry a Cleveland team on his back by 2011.
The Knicks have nothing to offer, either. If they just keep letting their players go, they'd probably have the cap space, but LeBron wouldn't want to go to a team with just Zach Randolph and Jamal Crawford.
Brooklyn is going to be huge for him, though, and I think there's a big chance it will happen. LeBron, Harris, Williams, Lopez, Jianlian, and Carter...with the way their contracts are set up, they'll be able to give LeBron the max.
Dallas? No chance.
Or we could sign and trade
Bynum is the hottest center prospect out there. He'd probably be the best player Cleveland could get for LeBron.
We pair Kobe with the 2nd most lethal scorer in the league with the 1st in him, we're easily unstoppable. We still have Gasol in the front court, and have a nice presence with Zyudrunas.
I love Bynum as much as the next, but I don't see Buss shelling out the money he wants. I only see Buss shelling out big money for somebody as marketable as LeBron. Also, when you have a chance to pair the top two players in the league, you do it!
Gooden>> Lamar Odom. Mo Williams>> Ray Allen>> Gasol. Nene= Gasol.